Changing the conversation or simply the Governor rolling out his education platform. Chad starts the show breaking down Governor McCrory’s education proposal and what was said about it after he made the announcement from his old high school before ever getting into politics. He explains how some tried to make it seem he was trying to divert attention from the HB2 issue, while it was actually something he (and other Governors) do at this time each year.
Next, Carolina Plott Hound’s Paul Chesser joins Chad. They discuss several articles making headlines this week. One of which was about Mecklenburg Senator Joyce Waddell who was paid for the legislature’s special session. Chad points out that she drove all the way to Raleigh to pay the state back because she wasn’t able to attend the session and received pay for it automatically. The article says she thought since she wasn’t in attendance but at a family member’s funeral, she wouldn’t be paid. Chad commends her for her honesty. Regarding the issue of teacher pay and the Governor’s recommendations on increases, Paul points out that John Locke’s Education Policy Analyst Terry Stoops said it wouldn’t take long for responses of “that’s not enough money” to start rolling in and that he had to update his post in just a few hours to say the comments had indeed already begun. Then there’s the special mushrooms in Asheville. You’re going to have to read that one for yourself.
In the second hour, NCSU Political Science Professor Dr. Andrew Taylor joins us. He and Chad discuss the results from Wisconsin’s primary and what it means to the winners and losers on both sides. Dr. Taylor says neither party seems to want this to end – kind of like a train wreck you can’t look away from – and a stance that could lead to a brokered convention at least for the GOP. Chad asks if the Trump train is like a tornado that will start burning out in the final few states that have primaries, or is Trump still gaining momentum. Dr. Taylor thinks the two angles are good ways of looking at Trump’s candidacy, but you can’t count him out yet, especially when you look at the demographics of the remaining states though those states are not necessarily friendly to Cruz. He and Chad agree it’s impossible for Kasich to be on the first ballot, and may not be possible for either Cruz or Trump.
Finally, death and taxes – we can’t escape either. Chad shares an article from USA Today about the likelihood that you’ll be audited. In short, the more you make, the more likely it is that you’ll be audited. Of course, you’ll also likely be able to afford an accountant (and even a lawyer if necessary) if you’re making over a million bucks, too.